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Modano's 551st career goal, Auld's 22 saves send Stars over Minnesota 4-3 @NHLdotcom

DALLAS - Mike Modano scored his 551st career goal, backup Alex Auld stopped 22 shots, and the Dallas Stars maintained their home dominance over the Minnesota Wild with a 4-3 victory on Monday night.

Minnesota hasn't won in Texas since March 21, 2003, going 0-8-3 in its past 11 road meetings with the Stars. Loui Eriksson, Tom Wandell and Matt Niskanen added goals for the Stars, 11-2-2 in their past 15 home games.

Brad Richards added three assists for Dallas.

Antti Miettinen scored twice for the Wild, who have lost five straight on the road.

Mikko Koivu's goal at 15:00 of the third period got the Wild within 4-3, but Minnesota couldn't complete a rally from a 4-0 deficit.

Minnesota's Niklas Backstrom allowed four goals on Dallas' first 15 shots before being replaced by Josh Harding late in the second period.

Meanwhile, Auld improved his record to 7-4-3 in his second straight start and 200th career game. Regular starter Marty Turco has been struggling, allowing 18 goals in his past five starts, and coach Marc Crawford is looking for one of his goaltenders to get on a hot streak as the Stars try to climb into playoff positioning in the Western Conference.

Wandell notched the only goal of the opening period at 4:57 when he lifted a wrist shot over Backstrom from low in the left circle.

Modano, the leading U.S.-born goal-scorer in NHL history, scored from the right circle on the power play at 5:02 of the second period.

Eriksson made it 3-0 with his team-high 20th goal 2 minutes and 40 seconds after Modano scored.

When Niskanen pushed the lead to 4-0 at 13:37 of the second period, Wild coach Todd Richards replaced Backstrom with Harding.

Miettinen's power-play deflection at 15:03 of the second period opened Minnesota's scoring.

With less than a minute left in the second period, Dallas' Steve Ott and Harding exchanged punches behind the Minnesota goal. Seconds earlier, Ott had crashed into Harding during a pileup in the crease.

Harding and Ott received roughing penalties, with Ott being assessed an additional minor for goaltender interference.

Miettinen's deflection at 12:36 of the third period got Minnesota within 4-2.

NOTES: Dallas LW Brenden Morrow and RW Jere Lehtinen are out with upper-body injuries. ... Stars D Nicklas Grossman was back in the lineup after sitting out five straight games with a knee injury. ... Minnesota D Clayton Stoner (groin) missed his seventh straight game. ... LW Fabian Brunnstrom assisted on Wandell's goal, Brunnstrom's first point since Oct. 31.

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